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Sitting less, Moving More: Designing a digital health intervention for Black and African American Women breast cancer survivors and their at-risk relatives

Dates: 9/1/2020 - 8/31/2021


Role: Meghan L Underhill-Blazey, PhD, APRN, AOCNS : Site PI
Principal Investigator: Kasisomayajula Viswanath (DFCI)

Black and African American women are both more likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer and to have negative outcomes associated with breast cancer treatment. If a woman has breast cancer, based on her personal and family history, her first degree relatives (parents, siblings, children) may have increased risk for breast cancer, too. Reducing sedentary time and increasing physical activity has the potential to shift the health narrative for a family, reducing the risk for cancer as well as other health conditions, such as, heart disease and diabetes.  Using a user-centered design we will create and evaluate a digital health intervention that encourages sitting less and moving more.  We hope that by engaging community leaders, breast cancer survivors, and their relatives to provide direction from the beginning, we can make space for a program that is created by and for Black and African American breast cancer survivors and their families – that will actually be used!

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